Total War We Are... Total War

Bands like Total War are the reason I can't say "black metal" without groaning. This album, which is all previously released material, is immature, noisy, technically droll black metal whose only purpose seems to be to shock us. Unfortunately for those involved, song titles like "Satan," "War" and "Soldiers of Satan" neither offend nor amuse, they just sort of make one shake one's head. The lyrics to the song "I am Elite" seem dangerously close to being outright racist. Who could take this seriously? This is metal at its worst: immature, close-minded, poorly played and boring. Total War may appeal to the younger metalheads that are into shock value, but that's about it. I urge those with ears to stay away. (Necropolis)